XIII Olympic Congress
Copenhagen 2009

Inauguration of the XIII Olympic Congress in Copenhagen 2009 - Ban Ki-moon

The XIII Olympic Congress, entitled “The Olympic Movement in society”, was held from 3 to 5 October 2009 in Copenhagen (Denmark) and brought together more than one thousand participants.

The Congress provided a rare opportunity for the entire Olympic Family (i.e. IOC members, representatives of National Olympic Committee (NOCs), International Federations (IFs), the Organising Committees of the Olympic Games (OCOGS), athletes, coaches, media, sponsors and other stakeholders)  to meet and discuss issues of importance to the entire Movement.

In his keynote speech to the Congress, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the excellent collaboration between the United Nations (UN) and the IOC. (The IOC was granted UN observer status at the end of 2009).

In his concluding remarks, he declared: “If you asked me to jog around this conference room, I would probably run out of breath. But when it comes to fighting for our shared global goals – for a world that is cleaner, healthier, more peaceful and more prosperous – I will sprint like an Olympian. I will ski the steepest trail. I will run and run and never stop until we reach the first line. I am counting on all of you to join me. We must go for the gold.”

Over the course of the three day Congress, participants heard from many respected speakers and had interesting discussions on the following themes:

  1. the Athletes
  2. the Olympic Games
  3. the Structure of the Olympic Movement
  4. Olympism and Youth and
  5. the Digital Revolution.

Each of these themes was further subdivided into three subthemes.

A half day was devoted to the discussions of each of the five themes at the Congress. The plenary sessions were followed by three simultaneous breakout sessions on the respective subthemes. (The texts of the speeches can be found under the relevant themes).

All the sessions were livecast over the internet to allow the general public to hear the discussions as they happened. (The videos of the plenary and discussion sessions of each theme can be found under the related tabs).

The breakout session on each of the subthemes began with presentations from a panel of speakers. The moderators of each panel were then responsible for the ensuing discussion period, which gave participants the opportunity to voice their opinions on the issues. The main points from each breakout session were carefully recorded by rapporteurs who informed the Editorial Committee of the discussions at the end of each day. The final document reflects the main ideas to come out of the proceedings in Copenhagen as well as information collected through the Virtual Olympic Congress.  The Virtual Olympic Congress allowed the Olympic Family and the public to submit written contributions on the five themes during the preparatory phase.  

The XIII Olympic Congress was a great success and has left the Olympic Movement with a blue print for the future. It is now time to translate words into action and implement the 66 recommendations. (See below for a PDF version of the recommendations)

Publications

View the publication «XIII Olympic Congress - Contributions»
View the publication «XIII Olympic Congress – Proceedings»
View the publication «XIII Olympic Congress – Follow-up»

Recommendations

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The XIII Olympic Congress 

Jacques Rogge - IOC President 

Jacques Rogge IOC

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Ban Ki-moon - UN Secretary General

Ban Ki-Moon IOC

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Olympic medallist and IOC member Frank Fredericks set the tone for the first theme, “The Athletes”, by illustrating the power of sport with a personal example. “Sport changed my life. What I am today is because of what sport has given me. What I have built, what I have discovered, what I have achieved is thanks to sport” he said. “We have a responsibility to the younger generation to let them know that taking part in sport is a wonderful life experience”, he continued.

As IOC President Jacques Rogge declared, “this Olympic Congress will go down in history as that of young people and the athletes!” In his view, the number one priority for the whole Olympic Movement should be to defend the interests of young people and athletes.

The 66 recommendations from the Olympic Congress include proposals to better protect the physical and mental health of the athletes, to ensure their safety and to help them prepare for their career transition. The delegates also called for the creation of a commission to address issues pertaining to coaches, trainers and members of the athletes’ entourage.

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PLENARY SESSION

XIII Olympic Congress - Frank Fredericks

Frank Fredericks - Keynote speaker

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XIII Olympic Congress - Felipe Munoz Kapamas

Felipe Munoz Kapamas - NOC representative

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Alexander Popov - IOC representative

XIII Olympic Congress - Alexander Popov

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XIII Olympic Congress - Lamine Diack

Lamine Diack - IF representative

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DISCUSSION SESSIONS

1) Relationship between the athletes, the clubs, federations and the NOCs

XIII Olympic Congress - Guy Drut

Guy Drut - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Nawal El Moutawakel

Nawal El Moutawakel - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Carlos Arthur Nuzman

Carlos Arthur Nuzman - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Robert H. Storey

Robert H. Storey - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Yaping Deng

Yaping Deng - Stakeholder representative

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2) Health protection in training and competition 

XIII Olympic Congress - Arne Ljungqvist

Arne Ljungqvist - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Rania Elwani

Rania Elwani - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Robin E. Mitchell

Robin E. Mitchell - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Philip Craven

Philip Craven - MBE IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Claudia Bokel

Claudia Bokel - Stakeholder representative

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3)The social and professional life of athletes during and after elite competition

XIII Olympic Congress - Peter Tallberg

Peter Tallberg - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Hicham El Guerrouj

Hicham El Guerrouj - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Sergey Bubka

Sergey Bubka - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Pat Mcquaid

Pat McQuaid - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Pernilla Wiberg

Pernilla Wiberg - Stakeholder representative

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Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 Opening Ceremony - Olympic Cauldron

In his keynote speech on this theme Jean-Claude Killy, Olympic medallist and IOC member, noted that, “Every two years, alternately in summer and in winter, a very large part of the world lives and breathes the Games. The Olympic Games are a passage between before and after; they are a reference to which everyone can attach memories and emotions, whatever the political, economic or cultural context. The Games bring out heroes, joys and dramas, which break into our collective memory and the universal memory.”

During the discussion sessions, delegates stressed the importance of keeping respect for the fundamental principles of Olympism at the heart of the Games.

They also focused on the need for a periodic adjustment and review of the sports programme and the importance of fully integrating new values such as the environment, sustainable development and social responsibility through the Olympic ideals.

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XIII Olympic Congress - Jean-Claude Killy

Jean-Claude Killy - Keynote speaker

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XIII Olympic Congress - Gunilla Lindberg

Gunilla Lindberg - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Denis Oswald

Denis Oswald - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - René Fasel

René Fasel - IF representative

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DISCUSSION SESSIONS

1) How to keep the games as a premier event? 

XIII Olympic Congress - Hein Verbruggen

Hein Verbruggen - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - HRH The Prince of Orange

HRH the Prince of Orange - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Gianni Petrucci

Gianni Petrucci - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Klaus Schormann

Klaus Schormann - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Vitaly Smirnov

Vitaly Smirnov - Stakeholder representative

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2) Olympic Values 

XIII Olympic Congress - Richard W. Pound, Q.C.

Richard W. Pound, Q.C. - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Mario Pescante

Mario Pescante - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Alejandro Blanco Bravo

Alejandro Blanco Bravo - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Ottavio Cinquanta

Ottavio Cinquanta - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Zhenliang He

Zhenliang He - Stakeholder representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - HSH The Sovereign Prince Albert II

HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II - Stakeholder representative

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3) Universality and developing countries

XIII Olympic Congress - Richard Kevan Gosper, A.O

Richard Kevan Gosper, A.O - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Chiharu Igaya

Chiharu Igaya - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Intendant General Lassana Palenfo

Intendant General Lassana Palenfo - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Joseph S. Blatter

Joseph S. Blatter - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Sam Ramsamy

Sam Ramsamy - Stakeholder representative

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Beijing Olympics 2008 Opening Ceremony - The illuminated Olympic rings rise.

Keynote speaker Thomas Bach, made an appeal for the protection of the autonomy of sport. The IOC Vice-President and President of the German Olympic Committee pointed out that sports organisations constantly have to deal with threats to their autonomy.y
He warned Congress delegates that these attacks come “in many different forms.” “I am sure that subsequent speakers will provide a whole host of examples from the perspective of National Olympic Committees, International Federations or painful personal experiences. You will hear about governments' attempts to prevent elections, to appoint presidents of sports organisations themselves and to manipulate voting. Many of you in this room have even suffered personally with your families. You deserve tremendous respect and gratitude for your commitment to the autonomy and values of sport” he continued to say.

In his speech Thomas Bach spoke about his own experiences with political interference in sport. As an Olympic fencing gold medallist at the 1976 Games in Montreal, he was unable to take part in the following edition of the Games because of the partial boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow. For him, sport deserves its autonomy because of its unique role in society.

As he argued, “Sport is the only social sector that has actually achieved what political philosophy calls “global law” and what moral philosophy calls “global ethos”. The rules of sport, based on the principle of fair play, apply to every athlete all over the world. These rules can only be enforced by an autonomous sporting structure, which also created them. They help to protect fair competition and promote the competitiveness of athletes and federations.”

You can access the texts of each speaker, their presentation (if available) and the video of each session by clicking the links below.

PLENARY SESSION

XIII Olympic Congress - Thomas Bach

Thomas Bach - Keynote speaker

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XIII Olympic Congress - Mario Vazquez Rana

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XIII Olympic Congress - Ser Miang Ng

Ser Miang Ng - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Francesco Ricci Bitti

Francesco Ricci Bitti - IF representative

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DISCUSSION SESSIONS

1) The autonomy of the Olympic Movement

XIII Olympic Congress - Lambis V. Nikolaou

Lambis V. Nikolaou - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Lord Colin Moynihan

Lord Colin Moynihan - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Jérôme Champagne

Jérôme Champagne - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Aïcha Garad Ali

Aïcha Garad Ali - Stakeholder representative

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2) Good governance and ethics

XIII Olympic Congress - Youssoupha Ndiaye

Youssoupha Ndiaye - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Francisco J. Elizalde

Francisco J. Elizalde - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Michael A. Chambers

Michael A. Chambers - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Anders Besseberg

Anders Besseberg - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - James L. Easton

James L. Easton - Stakeholder representative

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3) The relationships between the OOlympic Mmovement and its stakeholders

XIII Olympic Congress - Gerhard Heiberg

Gerhard Heiberg - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Anita L. Defrantz

Anita L. DeFrantz - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Julio César Maglione

Julio César Maglione - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Hassan Moustafa

Hassan Moustafa - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Muhtar Kent

Muhtar Kent - Stakeholder representative

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Summer YOG Singapore 2010 - Basketball Men

Inactivity is “a problem that threatens to become as urgent and critical as that of global warming or poverty.”

This was the message of keynote speaker José Manuel Ramos Horta, President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize winner. He described this inactivity as a serious and growing threat to world health, quoting figures from a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which shows that sedentarity is one of the main risk factors for cardiac related problems and other non-transmissible diseases such as strokes, diabetes, cancer and asthma. The WHO study showed that, in 2004, non-transmissible diseases accounted for 60 per cent of deaths in the world. The Congress recommended that measures be taken to combat this inactivity, particularly among young people.

The Congress recommended closer cooperation between governments and sports organisations and that governments build more sports facilities as well as allocate more time for sports activities in schools, “at all ages and at all levels”.

The Congress described the Youth Olympic Games as “a unique opportunity in the history of the modern Olympic Movement to raise the bar worldwide in terms of the delivery of educational and sport programmes for all young people”.

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PLENARY SESSION

XIII Olympic Congress - HE José Manuel Ramos-Horta

HE José Manuel Ramos-Horta - Keynote speaker

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XIII Olympic Congress - Patrick J. Hickey

Patrick J. Hickey - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Rita Subowo

Rita Subowo - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Bob Elphinston

Bob Elphinston - IF representative

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DISCUSSION SESSIONS

1) Moving towards and active society

XIII Olympic Congress - Walther Tröger

Walther Tröger - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein

HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Raja Randhir Singh

Raja Randhir Singh - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Bruno Grandi

Bruno Grandi - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Lord Sebastian Coe

Lord Sebastian Coe - Stakeholder representative

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2) Is competitive sport still appealing?

XIII Olympic Congress - Gudrun Doll-Tepper

Gudrun Doll-Tepper - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Ugur Erdener

Ugur Erdener - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Henri Serandour

Henri Sérandour - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Mustapha Larfaoui

Mustafa Larfaoui - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Nicole Hoevertsz

Nicole Hoevertsz - Stakeholder representative

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Michael S. Fennell - Moderator

XIII Olympic Congress - Michael S. Fennell

3) Youth sport events

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XIII Olympic Congress - Zaiqing Yu

Zaiqing Yu - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Chee Hean Teo

Chee Hean Teo - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Niels Nygaard

Niels Nygaard - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Guido De Bondt

Guido de Bondt - Stakeholder representative

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The digital revolution

Keynote speaker Martin Sorrell, CEO of the WPP Group urged the delegates at the XIII Olympic Congress to use digital technology to reach out to young people across the world. He explained the huge impact of mobile communications technology and called on the Olympic Movement to promote Olympic values in a dynamic and attractive way.

Martin Sorrell believed that the Olympic Movement should remain true to its values and look for new ways to share them with young people. His solution was simple, “Let the children play”. Additionally, Sorrell recommended giving “content to youth in formats they want – short and fast, customisable and easy to share” as well as extending “the franchise through music and cultural partnerships to leverage fresh support and momentum, and learn from today’s successful reality television shows.” He also recommended better utilising the new generation of sporting heroes such as Usain Bolt to make the Olympic Games more attractive to young people.

For their part, delegates recommended creating a Ditigal Task Force to help National Olympic Committees, International Federations and other Olympic bodies to promote Olympic values and sports practice through new media and digital technology. They also acknowledged the “digital divide” and advised the Olympic Movement to broaden access to technology.

You can access the texts of each speaker, their presentation (if available) and the video of each session by clicking the links below.

PLENARY SESSION

XIII Olympic Congress - Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell - Keynote speaker

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XIII Olympic Congress - Tsunekazu Takeda

Tsunekazu Takeda - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Richard L. Carrión

Richard L. Carrión - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Patrick Baumann

Patrick Baumann - IF representative

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DISCUSSION SESSIONS

1) A new management of sports rights

XIII Olympic Congress - John D. Coates

John D. Coates - AC Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Ching-Kuo Wu

Ching-Kuo Wu - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Veda Bruno-Victor

Veda Bruno-Victor - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Jérôme Valcke

Jérôme Valcke - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Marisol Casado

Marisol Casado - Stakeholder representative

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2) How to increase the size of the sports audience?

XIII Olympic Congress - Richard L. Carrión

Richard L. Carrión - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr

Juan Antonio Samaranch Junior - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Norman D. Bellingham

Norman D. Bellingham - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Goran Petersson

Goran Petersson - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee - Stakeholder representative

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3) Communications with stakeholders in the digital age

XIII Olympic Congress - Manolo Romero

Manolo Romero - Moderator

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XIII Olympic Congress - Alex Gilady

Alex Gilady - IOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein

HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein - NOC representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis - IF representative

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XIII Olympic Congress - Anna Hellman

Anna Hellman - Stakeholder representative

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Documents

  • Factsheet
    • Theme 1: The Athletes
      01 Sep 2009 · 4 pages · Pdf · pdf (63Ko)

    • Theme 2: Olympic Games
      01 Sep 2009 · 4 pages · Pdf · pdf (129Ko)

    • Theme 3: Structure of the Olympic Movement
      01 Sep 2009 · 4 pages · Pdf · pdf (70ko)

    • Theme 4: Olympism and Youth
      01 Sep 2009 · 4 pages · Pdf · pdf (67ko)

    • Theme 5: Digital Revolution
      01 Sep 2009 · 3 pages · Pdf · pdf (61ko)

  • 13th Olympic Congress and 121st IOC Session - Copenhagen 2009
    • Detailed Programme
      03 Oct 2009 · 14 pages · Pdf · pdf (190Ko)

    • Detailed Schedule of Events
      01 Oct 2009 · 5 pages · Pdf · pdf (40Ko)

    • New IOC Members 2009 - Biographies
      09 Oct 2009 · 6 pages · Pdf · pdf (30Ko)

    • Olympic Congress - Contributions
      04 Oct 2009 · 733 pages · Pdf · pdf (19Mo)

    • Olympic Congress - Recommendations
      05 Oct 2009 · 20 pages · Pdf · pdf (151Ko)

    • Speech - Frank Fredericks
      04 Oct 2009 · 8 pages · Pdf · pdf (210Ko)

    • Speech - Jacques Rogge - Introduction of the Olympic Congress
      03 Oct 2009 · 6 pages · Pdf · pdf (31Ko)

    • Speech - Jacques Rogge - Opening of the 121st Session
      07 Oct 2009 · 8 pages · Pdf · pdf (29Ko)

    • Speech - Jean-Claude Killy (in French only)
      04 Oct 2009 · 12 pages · Pdf · pdf (97Ko)

    • Speech - José Manuel Ramos-Horta
      04 Oct 2009 · 23 pages · Pdf · pdf (104Ko)

    • Speech - Thomas Bach
      04 Oct 2009 · 10 pages · Pdf · pdf (92Ko)

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